If you could write to yourself in the past or the future, across time and space, what would that message be?
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic “A Wrinkle in Time” and Rebecca Stead’s Newbery Award-winning “When You Reach Me,” write a letter to yourself and be entered to win a digital camera. Enter here.
The anniversary of L’Engle’s classic sci-fi read brings audiences a special edition of “A Wrinkle in Time” including a new essay that explores the science behind the fantasy. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy to discover one of the most beloved books of all time. Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
Have you read Stead’s “When You Reach Me?”
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:
I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
Which begs the question: if you could write to yourself in the past or the future, what would you say?
For more info on the contest, its prizes, and rules, click here.
Judging will be done by:
- Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter
- “WhenYou Reach Me” author Rebecca Stead